Christmas Recipes

Our best-loved appetizer, side, and main dish recipes for the holidays.

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Christmas Recipes

Christmas Recipes

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Almond Snowballs | A variation of Blackberry Thumbprints, these fragrant, nutty cookies are finished with a coating of powdered sugar.

Almond Snowballs

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes | Smash potatoes chunky and rustic, or mash them silky smooth.

Perfectly Paired Holiday Sides

Green Beans with Hollandaise Sauce | Tie green beans in small bundles of five or six with chives that have been boiled for 5 seconds.

Green Beans with Hollandaise Sauce

Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls | This from-scratch recipe is suited for any level of cook—even first timers.

Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls

Mississippi Mud Medallions | You can substitute mini marshmallows for espresso beans.

Giftworthy Christmas Candy

Potato Candy | This old-school candy reminds us of divinity and other traditional homemade Southern sweets.

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Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies | Impress your guests with these simple, 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies.

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Hidden Kiss Cookies | We love using mint kisses and candy cane kisses for the holidays.

Hidden Kiss Cookies

Minted White Chocolate Balls | These festive nibbles are the perfect giftable treat.

Minted White Chocolate Balls

White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Seven-Minute Frosting | Top this cake with Sugar-Coated Orange Slices and Sparkling Cherries.

White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream

Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken | Mediterranean flavors meld deliciously in this chicken dish. Bone-in breasts are meaty and cook perfectly in the moist heat of the braise.

Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken

Beer-Braised Turkey Legs | These Latin-inspired turkey legs are a welcome change of pace from the traditional holiday roast.

Beer-Braised Turkey Legs

Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy | Flat-cut brisket comes in a range of sizes. If you get a large, oblong piece, trim the thin end off, if necessary, so it will fit in a Dutch oven and cook evenly.

Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy

Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer | When you need a festive holiday cocktail, look no further than this easy spritzer made with orange juice, lemon-lime soft drink, cherry juice, and vodka. If you want a non-alcoholic beverage, just leave out the vodka and add more orange juice or soft drink.

Festive Drinks for Christmas Brunch

Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Shanks | Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged, dry, and crumbly, so it's easy to grate, making it ideal for creating the beautiful and flavorful crust on these truly luscious shanks

Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Shanks

Beef Short Ribs | This dish looks so impressive but requires little effort. You don't have to use an expensive bottle of wine for cooking, but make sure you like the flavor.

Elegant Holiday Entrées

Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder | If you want to dress up the humble pork shoulder roast, ask your butcher to butterfly it. Sprinkle the spice rub all over both sides of pork; roll and tie it with kitchen string before browning.

Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder

Coq au Vin | This variation on the classic French wine-braised chicken uses white instead of red wine, giving the finished dish a lovely golden hue.

Coq au Vin - Elegant Holiday Entrée Recipes - Southern Living

Banana Brownie Sticky Toffee Puddings | Any remaining sauce makes a great topping for ice cream.

Banana Brownie Sticky Toffee Puddings

Mexican Hot Chocolate Trifle |Top this rich trifle with a sprinkle of chocolate curls.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Trifle

Red Velvet Trifle | This trifle has a unique mixture of flavors and textures from the creamy yogurt and cream cheese and the moist red velvet cake. Top this dessert with raspberries for a light and satisfying treat.

Red Velvet Trifle

Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Cheesecake Squares | Save time and stress with this elegant make-ahead dessert your guests will love.

Cheesecake Squares

Citrus Mints | Use powdered sugar to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

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Sparkling Cranberries | From the kitchen of Marina Delio, yummymummykitchen..., Santa Barbara, California. "These cranberries look like beautiful little jewels and can be prepared two days in advance." Serve them with baked Brie or as a pretty garnish for cakes or pies.

Sparkling Cranberries

Cornmeal Tarts with Ricotta Pimiento Cheese | Feel free to make and freeze the muffins ahead. Then thaw, fill with Ricotta Pimiento Cheese, and bake before serving.

Cornmeal Tarts with Ricotta Pimiento Cheese